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Why was control of Jerusalem important?

Why was control of Jerusalem important?

A Year 7 lesson that could go at the beginning of a Crusades topic on why Jerusalem was significant in the middle ages. The lesson includes a fact finding activity about Jerusalem and a guided analysis of Pope Urban’s speech.
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Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or a villain?

Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or a villain?

A nice Year 8 lesson on whether or not Cromwell was a hero or villain. The students begin with a discussion about what his statue outside Parliament tells us about him as a man, and then progress to sorting out different reasons for each opinion through a card sort/categorisation activity, and then finish off with a mini team debate.
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What was the impact of WWII on the Home Front?

What was the impact of WWII on the Home Front?

A Year 9 lesson that explores the impacts that the Second World War had on British civilians on the Home Front. This covers effects such as rationing, evacuation and also the broader impacts on British society that resulted from WWII.
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Were the English right to execute their King in 1649?

Were the English right to execute their King in 1649?

A Yr8 Civil War lesson on whether or not Parliament were right to execute Charles I in 1649. This is at least two lessons’ worth of material: in the first lesson, students categorise justifications for and against executing Charles, and then evaluate and analyse the reasons behind the decision. The pupils then go on to create a newspaper article (“The Execution Special”) from either Parliament’s or the Royalists’ perspective about what happened, why and whether it’s good for England’s future.
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What caused the English Civil War?

What caused the English Civil War?

A really interactive Year 8 lesson on the causes of the English Civil War. Students work in groups of four and make a number or decisions based on Charles’s reign as King and see whether or not they would make the same mistakes as him in the build up to the Civil War. Whiteboards are essential! This is easily two lessons’ worth: one entire lesson for discussion, the second to finish it off and construct a timeline of events.
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What were conditions like in the trenches

What were conditions like in the trenches

A Year 9 lesson on conditions in the trenches, beginning with a story about the mud at Passchendaele, an analysis of what made trenches such an effective system of defence in the first place and then an evaluation of what trench conditions were like and the biggest dangers a soldier on the front line would have faced.
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How significant was the Vikings’ impact on Britain?

How significant was the Vikings’ impact on Britain?

A higher ability Year 7 lesson on the impact of the Vikings on Britain. Begins with a discussion of historical significance, and progresses to a card sort and a graphical representation of the significance of different impacts that the Vikings had. Was an observation lesson judged outstanding.
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How did Antisemitism escalate in Nazi Germany

How did Antisemitism escalate in Nazi Germany

A GCSE Lesson on how Antisemitism escalated between the years 1933-41 in Nazi Germany using the incredible diaries of Victor Klemperer to exemplify what happened. Students start the lesson looking at different propaganda pieces targeting different minority groups, which leads to a discussion of why the Nazis persecuted specific minorities in the first place. Their focus is then directed specifically onto how Jews are increasingly persecuted throughout 1933-41. Students then have to try to match up the diary extracts to the year they think they were from and theorise about the nature and progression of Antisemitism and persecution in Nazi Germany. This is then finalised by creating their own chronology of Klemperer’s life, with lots of discussion along the way about what the extracts show us about persecution in Nazi Germany and what the key years and turning points are in the treatment of the Jews.
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Why was the sinking of the Titanic so controversial?

Why was the sinking of the Titanic so controversial?

A Year 9 lesson that analyses the controversy of the sinking of the Titanic using a modern day parallel between that and the Grenfell Tower disaster. Students begin by reading two different articles about Grenfell, and then use them to come up with criteria for what makes an event controversial. These are then applied throughout the lesson, as the students sort through factors that made the sinking of the Titanic controversial, and to draw comparisons to modern day disasters and controversies such as Grenfell. Rated outstanding in an observation.
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